Census 2011 data on Disabled Population

  • The table C-22 gives distribution of the disabled population in the age-group 5-19 by their attendance status in educational institution, type of disability, age, sex and residence for India, State/UT and Cities.
  • The table reveals that there are about 65.7 lakh disabled population in age-group 5-19 at Census 2011 in India out of which 40.2 lakh (61.2%) are attending educational institutions, 8.0 lakh (12.1%) attended educational institutions earlier and 17.5 lakh (26.7%) never attended any educational institutions.
  • The corresponding status for total population (3801.6 lakh) in the same age group at Census 2011 is 2698.1 lakh (71.0%) attending educational institutions, 449.4 lakh (11.8%) attended earlier and 654.1 lakh (17.2%) never attended.
  • Further, out of 40.2 lakh disabled persons attending educational institutions, 22.8 lakh (56.7%) are males and 17.4 lakh (43.3%) are females.
  • In 2001, about 33.0 lakh (50.5%) out of 65.3 lakh disabled persons in the same age group reported attending educational institutions.
  • As such, there is an improvement of about 11 percentage points in the status of attending educational institutions by disabled persons in the age-group 5-19 during the decade 2001-2011.
  • It is further noticed that disabled persons with ‘Any other disability’  shows the highest percentage (71.2%) in attending educational institution followed by ‘Seeing’ (68.0%), ‘Hearing’ (67.0%), ‘Movement’ (59.6%), ‘Speech’ (58.9%), ‘Mental retardation’ (47.2%), ‘Multiple disability’ (37.2%) and least with ‘Mental illness’ (34.1%). Maximum percentage of disabled persons who attended educational institution earlier is seen in ‘Movement’ (17.7%) followed by ‘Mental illness’ (15.5%), and least in ‘Multiple disability’ (8.4%).
  • The proportion of disabled persons, who never attended any educational institution in 2011 was found to be highest among persons with ‘Multiple disability’ (54.4%), followed by ‘Mental illness’ (50.3%) and ‘Mental retardation’ (41.2%) whereas persons with ‘Any other disability’ (17.7%) show the least percentage.

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